Friday, May 1, 2009

Favorite Family Foto Friday

Welcome back to another Favorite Family Foto Friday! This lovely meme is hosted each week by Deborah over at Pictures, Pots, Pens. Be sure to stop over at her place to find Mr. Linky and visit all who are displaying their Favorite Family Foto for this week!

Katie with Jared, Jacob and Caleb

My offering this week is this photo of my only niece, Katie, with her younger brothers Jared, Jacob and Caleb. This photo was taken on Katie's Wedding Day, June 10, 2000. She was so excited and so happy, as brides tend to be on their wedding day!

Jared was broken hearted and did nothing but cry the entire day! If you look closely at the picture you'll see that both he and Caleb have really red eyes from all the crying and the ceremony hasn't even started yet!

On this day, Katie was 19, Jared had just turned 18, Jacob was 14 and little Caleb was 9. Katie and Caleb had been so close since the time of his birth. Because they lived in a small house, Caleb had shared a room with Katie. At night, before settling in to sleep, Caleb would turn toward Katie's side of the room and ask "Katie, which way are you going to turn your head tonight?" Katie would always answer "Toward you baby; I'm going to turn my head toward you." This comforted Caleb and he would settle into a peaceful night's sleep.

Katie's wedding was bittersweet for me. Terry had been in an horrific car accident on April 13 and was still in the hopsital and could not come. I made the trip out for the wedding, but cried such sad tears because I had left Terry weeping in his hospital bed because he wasn't going to be there to see his 'Blond Bombshell' get married. His heart was broken right along with his crushed pelvis!

Katie is now, well you can figure it up, I won't be saying that out loud! Katie might read this!!!! At any rate, she now has two beautiful children of her own, whom she treasures. Jared now has a beautiful little daughter and loves her like there'll be no tomorrow! Jake is still single and no children, but his niece's and nephew think Uncle Jake is some kinda fantastic! Caleb graduates from High School this month. Uncle Caleb is the 'go to' guy around home! Need something, want something? Ask Uncle Caleb!!!

These kids are, and have been, so much of the joy in my life. Their Uncle Terry loved them beyond words. Katie was always her Uncle Terry's 'Blond Bombshell'. The last time he saw her before he went home to be with Jesus was just after Christmas of 2008. He was so happy to see her and her hubby and the kiddos. He hugged her tightly and said "I love you, Blond Bombshell".

Yep, Uncle Terry loved these kids; and these kids loved Uncle Terry!


The Raggedy Girl said...

What a sweet story and I love the photo. What a nice sharing.

The Raggedy Girl

Deborah aka Miss Bee said...

Diane, you have me in tears. I know the ache the boys must have felt. I cried and cried at my brother's wedding...he was my very best friend and I thought for sure I was losing him...not true! What a sweet sister to comfort her little brother likt that - soooo sweet!!

I hurt, too, for her Uncle Terry. Bless his heart.

Thank you for sharing this poignant story and the beautiful picture, Diane.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Diane it seems like you have such a sweet supportive family.That means the world,as you so well know.
Just keep putting one foot in front of the other foot,one day at a'll be fine.God is working his magic on us all.this is all for a know that better than i do...ann

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Such a beautiful story and beautiful family.
Thank you for allowing us to see into you live.

Sherrie said...

Beautiful family! Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!!


Malisa said...

What a beautiful story about a beautiful family! I love families who are close and love each other! Thanks for sharing this wonderful picture and for sharing your story and your precious memories of your husband.


Denise said...

Such a beautiful bride and what a sweet story about her brothers and your wonderful husband.


Sue said...

First, I really love the picture! But what I love even more is the words, the story that is behind it. It makes all realize that we need to not only keep taking pictures, but never take a day for granite. Again, thanks for the touching post!
Take care, Sue

Samantha said...

Isnt it wonderful to have such a close family ? I love the picture of the kids !
Such sweet memories of Terry.
Hugs and blessings precious Diane !
Love you bunches !!

Terry said...

dear diane,
what a lovely family you have.
that katie is one precious girl.
the story of terry lying in the hospital bed is so sad.
so many times diane, i leave your posts in tears.
sometimes they are happy tears but then again a few times they been sad ones.
you are going to come out as gold from the fires that you have been through in your life diane...the lord has so much confidence in you and he knows that you are relying on him completely.
diane, this is one of my favouite scriptures in the bible,

Deuteronomy 33:12
"And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders."

donna said...

thank you for sharing this touching story and sweet picture...I think it is great fun to visit the differnt blogs each week to see which treasured memory each is writing about...and am so glad You introduced me ....


jeanne said...

Di, the bride is beautiful and her brothers so handsome. A lovely story as it unfolds. I too am close to my sisters and brother. We are close to this day. I am sure love still abounds in your lovely family. Thank you for sharing this today.


Lori said...

Very sweet story. I thought that was so precious what she said to her little brother every night at bedtime! :)

Montee said...

That is so wonderful that they are so close and care so much for each other. You are lucky to have such a family.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

What a lovely story Dianne . I love to see families that are really close. So many now a days are so broken .

Trish said...

Family photo's remind us of the wonderful times in our lives. These are beautiful memories of your beloved Terry. Memories of his love for all of you...they are precious.
BIG hugs,

Bernice the Housewife said...

That is a beautiful post. Thanks! I enjoyed looking at your blog and will be back to visit.

Unknown said...

isn't it amazing how you just FALL IN LOVE with nieces and nephews?

Life of Riley

Crown of Beauty said...

I so enjoyed reading about Katie and her brothers on her wedding day. What a lovely relationship, it really warmed my heart. What a sweetheart Katie was, and I am sure, still is. And to share a room with her youngest brother, and to say such loving words to him each night. I am sure he will treasure that relationship deep in his heart.

Thank you for sharing this memory, Diane.